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Students Reflect on LSC’s Role in their Pursuit of Public Interest Careers

In a recent post on the HLS Admissions Blog, two students of the Project on Predatory Student Lending wrote about Building a Public Interest Career at HLS.  They name four building blocks for a career in public interest law, including clinical work.  Of their experience at LSC, they write: Clinics are a key part of […]

LSC’s Project on Predatory Student Lending Featured on German Public Television

The Project on Predatory Student Lending was recently featured on Welstpiegel (“World Mirror”), the Sunday evening newsmagazine of ARD Television, the largest national public broadcaster in Germany.  The segment (video) features the Project’s clinical students holding a meeting at LSC, as well as an interview with Toby Merrill, the Project’s director. The segment begins with footage […]

Project on Predatory Student Lending Student Saves Client Over $40,000

The Project on Predatory Student Lending recently helped save a client over $44,000.  A problem in his federal student loan consolidation left him with several defaulted loans.  He came to the clinic because he was struggling to repay his loans, and because he did not understand why he still had defaulted loans after his consolidation. […]

The Legal Services Center Releases a Know Your Rights Video Series on the Basic Rights of Foreclosure and Eviction for Residents of Massachusetts

The Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School has released a Know Your Rights video series consisting of 97 videos informing residents of Massachusetts their legal rights when faced with foreclosure or eviction. The videos are a product of the Mattapan Initiative — a free legal services anti-foreclosure and eviction defense program created in 2013 […]

The Legal Services Center takes People’s Law School on the road in service to veterans

The now annual Legal Services Center (LSC) People’s Law School of community legal education workshops facilitated by LSC staff and clinical law students has proven to be hugely popular, attended by almost 200 people over the past 2 years.  And so popular that Will Hatley, Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) Program Coordinator at the Bedford Veterans […]

The Project on Predatory Student Lending Submits Comments Regarding the Upcoming Negotiated Rulemaking to Expand “Pay As You Earn”

By Maxwell Ball, J.D. ’15 On November 4, 2014, the Project on Predatory Student Lending of the Legal Services Center, in partnership with the National Consumer Law Center, submitted comments to the Department of Education arguing that more low-income people should be entitled to greater relief in repaying their student loans. President Obama asked the […]

Estate Planning Clinic Secures Survivor’s Benefits for Same-Sex Spouse

A year after Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) was found unconstitutional and almost four years after the Estate Planning Clinic of the Legal Services Center accepted the matter for representation, the Estate Planning Clinic has succeeded in helping a same-sex surviving spouse become entitled to survivor’s benefits. Norman J. Laurin and […]

LSC Seeks Applicants for Public Interest Fellowship in Low-Income Taxpayer Advocacy

Tax Law Fellowship Opportunity: The Legal Services Center (LSC) of Harvard Law School seeks to sponsor an applicant for the Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellowship offered by the ABA Section of Taxation. The Fellowship funds an attorney position for two years at the host organization and supports advocacy on behalf of low-income taxpayers. Graduating […]

Attorney Toby Merrill Quoted in Wall Street Journal on College Loans

The Wall Street Journal September 12, 2014 Parents Poised to Gain Easier Access to College Loans by Josh Mitchell The Obama administration is moving to ease access to student loans for parents with damaged credit, a policy reversal that could saddle poor families with piles of debt but also boost college enrollment…Credit counselors say they […]

LSC Staffs Legal Assistance Tent at Stand Down Event for Homeless Veterans

LSC staff and volunteers at Massachusetts Stand Down 2014.  Back row (L-R): Max Weinstein, Christopher Melendez, Daniel Nagin, Robert Proctor, Lisa Bernt, Nate Hennagin.  Front (L-R): Julie McCormack, Toby Merrill, Charlie Carriere, Steve Shay, Dehlia Umunna, Stephanie Davidson, Anuj Khetarpal, and Ashley Lewis.  Not pictured: Ellis Liang, Betsy Gwin, and Bill Lane. On August 22, […]